If you aren’t familiar with Nigerian songstress Lindsey Abudei, you’d be excused… for now anyways. Her music most times flies under the radar, and her personality is not one that always screams “look at me”. However, her music, when given the proper attention, is pure magic. But for many fans (myself included), her big moment had eluded her… until now.
Lindsey Abudei just released her debut album, And The Bass Is Queen, and there’s no other to say it; It’s easily one of the best albums of 2016. With this album, she’s found the sweet spot that many have ignored in Nigerian music, or have tried and failed.
In the album, And The Bass Is Queen, Lindsey employs a soft Neo-Soul/Blues/Jazz sound very reminiscent of Corrine Bailey Rae, and Norah Jones. In a compact, 12 track, 50 min project, Lindsey hits on a range of themes from floating love to stories about growing up to the harsh realities of life.
A revamped version of her 2010 single, Drift Away, and Out The Magazine kick off the project. For those familiar with Lindsey’s music, it warms up the listener with familiar tunes. To those who aren’t, it’s an opportunity to get a feel for what she’s done in the past few years.
Lindsey is able to convey her emotions in an unbelievable real nature on a range of sounds, from plucky guitar strings to soft percussion sounds, from simple piano notes to gothic violin sounds. Each song having its own unique sound and accompanying story.
The standout track on the project is Apologies. It typified Lindsey is at her best. Simple guitar strings that provide a mellow backdrop of a deep touching apologetic song; ensuring the listener gets every last drop of what she’s saying but still enjoying the underlying soft vibe.
Other standout songs on the project include Why You Don’t Drive Me Mad, Libra Man, and Freedom and I. The latter of which is a deep push for the survival and existence of the being. A message to all that we are not going anywhere.
Overall, the album is a songwriter’s dream, and a fantasy-come-true for the Nigerian audience who crave content over loud beats, and catchy hooks. Staying true to herself, Lindsey delivers a masterpiece that’s etched her name into the Nigerian music history books. And The Bass Is Queen is an album that quite possibly could break through the international space, and catch the ears of a significant few.